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Newark & Sherwood Plan Review - Publication Amended Core Strategy

The Role of Ollerton & Boughton

6.90     Ollerton & Boughton acts as a service centre to a large local population, both in the town and the surrounding Sherwood Area. Over the plan period it is anticipated that the town will see the provision of new housing, employment and associated facilities that will help regenerate the area and reinforce Ollerton’s role as the main centre within the Sherwood Area.

6.91     The main focus for services is Ollerton Town Centre. The Town Centre is made up of two main shopping streets, which have a number of retail and financial services, community facilities and Ollerton & Boughton Town Hall and a small ‘indoor market’. At one end of this area is an Asda Netto/Farmfoods store and the town’s Library and at the other is the Sherwood Energy Village which includes a Tesco supermarket and petrol station. The development of the Sherwood Energy Village has encouraged new businesses into the town. However there are still a number of vacant units in the centre itself.  Vacancy levels within the Town Centre have been recorded as being high. A significant concentration of vacancy was identified within the Forest Centre with the facility not currently functioning as a successful retail space. The District Council will therefore promote positive action, through the re-use of vacant and underused shops and other buildings within the Town Centre, and seek to secure the redevelopment of vacant sites for appropriate main Town Centre uses.

The Retail and Town Centres Study recognises that Ollerton is a vibrant centre with good comparison and service retail provision which has good access by car and bus. It states that in light of the population growth that will take place in the future it will be important to ensure that there is an adequate provision of local shops and services which should be provided in the most sustainable location. The study recommends that Ollerton be designated as a District Centre and this is addressed in Core Policy 8.

6.X       In 2007 Ollerton & Boughton Town Council prepared a Town Centre Plan which set out a Vision for the Town Centre seeking:

  • To develop the economic vibrancy of the Town Centre for mixed business, commercial and residential uses;
  • To create a pedestrian orientated streetscape for the Town Centre within the central shopping area;
  • To encourage high quality design that reflects the local area and encourages sympathetic new development in the town; and
  • To promote and encourage investment and growth in the town for the 21st century.

6.x       The Town Centre Plan identifies a number of issues for the future of the town, including a town centre which should “offer a wide range of shopping opportunities to which people have access, particularly those without their own transport”, “maintain and enhance the safety of pedestrian routes and prioritise these over car use and associated traffic”, “free car parking must continue” and the "regeneration of redundant buildings, neglected properties and derelict sites.”

6.92     Linkages between the Tesco and Asda stores and the Town Centre have been identified as poor, despite only being located short distances away. Consequently to encourage the making of linked trips, and boost the health of the centre, the District Council supports the creation of improved linkages to the Town Centre. In line with the allocation policy the Masterplan for OB/Re/1 will be required to consider how the site can contribute towards improved linkages between Tesco / Forest Road and Sherwood Drive / Forest Road. The potential for the allocation to also form part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the wider area will also be explored, potentially incorporating the underused Forest Centre and land within the ownership of Ollerton Town Council.

6.93     Through the centre’s health check a limited leisure service offer has been recorded. With half of the provision consisting of hot food take-aways, and there being only one café and no public house. The District Council will support opportunities to attract leisure uses operators, particularly those falling within the A3 ‘restaurant and café’ and A4 ‘drinking establishments’ use classes to strengthen its overall vitality and viability.

6.94     The District Council will support the bringing forward of improvement schemes which will enhance both the quality of the centre’s offer and environment. Recognising the benefits that strategic stakeholder driven intervention could make in addressing some of the centre’s weaknesses, and to help realise the opportunities present, the District Council will support the exploration of an updated Ollerton Town Centre Strategy. The critical role which the District Council can play, in working with partners (such as Ollerton Town Council) to provide strategic direction to the management of the centre in order to deliver objectives is recognised. 

6.95     To ensure that Ollerton maintains and enhances its role as a Service Centre within the Sherwood Area of the District the following policy approach will be taken:

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Role of Ollerton & Boughton

The Local Development Framework seeks to promote and strengthen the role of the Service Centre of Ollerton & Boughton as a sustainable settlement for its residents and the wider Sherwood Area. This will be achieved by:

  • Promoting new housing and employment opportunities within the town
  • Providing new and improved community infrastructure appropriate to the size and function of the town including additional primary and secondary school places and healthcare facilities; and
  • Securing the resolution of traffic and transport issues in and around the town including those identified within the IDP such as:
    • A614/A6075/A616 Ollerton Roundabout junction;
    • A614 Link capacity (B6030 to A6075/A616 Ollerton Roundabout);
    • and A614/B6030 junction (south of Ollerton)

The District Council will work with partners to strengthen the role of Ollerton Town Centre by promote a competitive and healthy town centre which is host to an appropriate composition of main town centre uses, proves to be resilient and adaptive to change and is able to thrive and grow over the plan period. This will be achieved through:

  • Protecting and enhancing the retail offer of the town by designating a District Centre boundary and primary shopping frontages and encouraging retail and other town centre uses within it;
  • Encouraging the re-use of vacant and underused shops and other buildings and the redevelopment of vacant sites for appropriate town centre uses, including new community facilities;
  • Encouraging high quality designed new buildings and streetscapes to enhance the Town Centre; and
  • Securing improved public transport linkages between Ollerton Town Centre and the surrounding Sherwood Area.
  • Managing retail and other main town centre use development in line with Core Policy 8, Policy DM11 and OB/DC/1;
  • Seeking to improve comparison retail representation within the town centre, promoting a healthier balance between convenience and comparison retail uses. Proposals which would contribute towards achieving this balance will therefore supported;                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  • Supporting the creation of improved linkages between the Tesco and Asda sites and the town centre. In line with its site allocation policy the Masterplan for OB/Re/1 should consider how the site can contribute towards improved linkages between Tesco / Forest Road and Sherwood Drive / Forest Road. The potential for the allocation to form part of a comprehensive redevelopment of the wider area should be explored, incorporating the underused Forest Centre and other land within the ownership of Ollerton Town Council.
  • Supporting the opportunities to deliver additional leisure uses within the Town Centre, particularly those falling within the A3 ‘restaurant and café’ and A4 ‘drinking establishments’ use classes;
  • Promoting the re-use of vacant and underused shops and other buildings within the town centre, and securing the redevelopment of vacant sites for appropriate main Town Centre uses;
  • Supporting the delivery of improvement schemes which enhance the quality of the town centre’s offer and environment. In order to assist the identification, planning and delivery of schemes the production of an updated Ollerton Town Centre Strategy will be explored; and
  • The District Council using the development management process and working proactively to attract and deliver new investment and/or development to realise the above.